Monday, June 14, 2010

Tea in the Hearth Room

Greetings, Tea Friends! It's my favorite day of the week, Tea Time Tuesday, when I have the pleasure of taking tea with all my friends in blogland. Today, let's have tea in the hearth room in front of the wood burning stove. Oh it's far too hot for a fire, it was about 100 degrees in SoCal today, but it's a cozy place to sit and relax.

I've taken out my birdie tea cup and teapot. Both were purchased from Home Goods, and though not old (I love old), they're some of my favorite pieces.

*I interrupt this blog post with some breaking news. We just had an earthquake here in SoCal. It's about 9:30 p.m., June 14. Well, it was more of a jolt, but just part of life here in California. Ok, the kids are back in their rooms. Let's return to the regularly scheduled program.*

Here are some closeups of the tea cup.

Thank you for stopping by the Lace and Ivy Cottage, where friends are always welcome for tea.

And as always, I leave you with another piece of tea trivia:

Did you know that the custom of tipping servers was created in England's tea gardens? Locked, wooden boxes were placed on tables inscribed with the letters t.i.p.s. to insure proper service. If you wanted to guarantee that your tea arrived hot from the kitchen, you would drop a coin in the box when seated. So, now you know!

Till next time,
I'm linking up with our gracious hostesses at:

Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
The Plumed Pen
Artful Affirmations
Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspirations
Martha's Favorites
A Stroll Through Life


kate said...

beautiful lorna,

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hello Lorna, was a lovely tablescape you have set for us. A beautiful teacup and lovely teapot! Wishing you a Happy Teacup Tuesday!

Warmest, Brenda

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Lorna,
Love that teapot! I have been looking for one but can't seem to find one anywhere here on the Island. We don't have a Home Goods store here. The teacup is so cute too; love birdies! A wonderful tea! Thanks for joining me for Tea Time. Have a lovely day.


Penny said...

I think your teapot and teacup are simply lovely - no matter they are not old. I think the birds on your cup are beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You are so crafty and clever! Such a wonderful collection. Love the TIPS.

Crystal said...

Oh Lorna, your tea sets are just lovely. Just makes me feel relaxed enough to sit down for a "spot" of tea.
Thanks so much for visiting me and leaving your oh so needed encouragement on my blog. It is so great to have your back :)

Joyce said...

Love what you can find in Home Goods!

GrannySue said...

How beautiful the setting is. I think it's a good thing there is not a Home Goods within 100 miles of me. And I really like the "hearth room". THanks for sharing your post.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that is the sweetest teacup. Anything with birds on it is just perfect. Your photos are so nice and that teapot is quite lovely, too.
Thanks for participating this week. Isn't Teacup Tuesday great?

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Lorna....your teacup is GORGEOUS!! The little bird is sweet but I LOVE the thistle flowers! I have several tea cups in the Dundee Thistle pattern. I am going to be on the search for one of these cups to go with my set :)


Terri said...

I love your Hearth room setting. What a cozy place. Your bird tea cup and tea pot are lovely. I have a bird tea cup very similar to yours but mine was made in Germany. Was yours?
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a lovely tea scape for today and thanks for sharing the interesting history on Tipping!!

xinex said...

Thanks for the info about tipping, Lorna. I love your bird teapot and teacup and saucer. They are all so pretty....Christine

Snap said...

I LOVE the birds! I may have to go shopping!!!!!

Beth said...

Lorna, I like how you dressed your table - your linens, your flowers, and your pretty teapot and cup and saucer. I especially like the birds on your teacup! So glad the earthquake was nothing major. Have a great week, Lorna!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a beautiful teacup! Everything looks so lovely.


Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I just love birds, and your bird pieces are lovely. That teapot is adorable, and the tea cup is absolutely stunning. The both look great atop that beautiful tablecloth. Thanks for sharing!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a lovely setting. The teacup and saucer with the fabulous birds are just unreal. So pretty. I love that teapot too, it is just stunning. What a lovely and inviting spot. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Mary said...

Very pretty setting! Your teacup is lovely. I really love the teapot as well! The birds are so sweet :)

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Lorna!
I'm glad that all are safe from the earthquake! I dont think I could ever get used to that!
Your teaset is so sweet and I love the bird teapot! Just may have to take a trip to our HomeGoods and see whats new!
I love vintage also but there are just so many adorable new things that its hard to resist when you find the perfect something!
Thanks for sharing your treasures!!
Hugs and Smiles,

Appleshoe said...

Hello Lorna- I'm glad to hear that everything is back to normal. I don't think I could live where there are big quakes (but then again most people avoid our winters and summers). Your teacups is lovely and I really like your teapot. They both look so sweet with their little birds. Take care.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: What a beautiful set you put together. I love the bird motif, it is stunning. I am always so amazed at what you put out for us to see. You have a great collection. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Blessings, Martha

Chandy said...

That is such a beautiful tea table set up, Lorna! I missed visiting as well! That brick background is so romantic!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Beautiful tea table setting. Trish

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